New survey findings show a significant number of consumers need to be supported to feel more in control of their health care. The report , commissioned from the Consumers Health Forum (CHF) by NPS MedicineWise, defines and measures health literacy in Australia. It also identifies gaps which are...
The Consumers Health Forum has urged the Federal Government to consider a short pause on the introduction of proposed changes to Medicare benefits in to allow time for a communication and implementation strategy to help consumers and doctors prepare for the changes. Changes to around 900 Medicare...
The power of modern drugs makes it more important than ever that consumers are supported to know and understand their impact. Think of the potency and benefits of opioids, antimicrobials and anti-psychotics, yet all too often they are also associated with harms that could have been avoided. It’s...
The Consumers Health Forum urges the Federal Government to produce a preventive health strategy that reflects the wishes of most Australians for more action on population-wide pro-health measures, including curbs on the promotion and sale of junk food and sugary drinks. The results of a new survey...
The $2.3 billion investment in mental health and suicide prevention is a welcome first step on the road to much needed mental health system reform, the Youth Health Forum says. “It is promising to see a number of the Productivity Commission’s priority recommendations addressed in this budget,” the...
CEO Leanne Wells talks about the health Budget to ABC Radio News interviewer Glen Bartholomew. (Edited) Overall reaction “We are pretty happy. The budget has promised record spending in areas of greatest concern to health care consumers. Aged care and mental health are big winners. But it has only...
The Budget has offered a modest but welcome response to the compelling recommendations for, transformational reform and substantial funding urged by two national inquiries into the unacceptable state of aged care and mental health in Australia, the CEO of the Consumers Health Forum, Leanne Wells,...
Text  on image: Croakey News Service #Shifting Gears Summit
After the scores of speakers and hundreds of conversations at CHF’s Shifting Gears Summit, reporting on the proceedings presents numerous opportunities. CHF’s ejournal Health Voices provided articles from 15 of the contributors to the Summit. Yet a comprehensive conference report by Croakey News...
The Consumers Health Forum acknowledges and congratulates Adjunct Associate Professor Steve Morris for his role as CEO of NPS MedicineWise during a period of significant developments for consumers. “We are sorry to hear Steve will be leaving NPS in July. His leadership has been invaluable in...
The Consumers Health Forum welcomes the extension of Medicare coverage for telehealth consultations for GPs, allied health and specialists to the end of 2021. To be able to consult with your health care provider by phone or video was an important step in making ongoing healthcare safer for patients...

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